SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

73 Years On - 'Comfort Women' Shown on Film

73 Years On, 'Comfort Women' Shown on Film - Spirits’ Homecoming
Moderator: Chanel Kong (LA Asia Film Festival Programmer). Panelists: Jung-lae Cho (Director, Spirits’ Homecoming), Sook Son (Actress, Spirits Homecoming), Hana Kang (Actress, Spirits Homecoming), Dr Hyunseon Lee (SOAS)

Date: 28 October 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 28 October 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Spirits’ Homecoming, a film about “comfort women” will be screened as part of the London East Asia Film Festival programme on 27th October at Regent Street Cinema in association with Pan Asian Women’s Association (PAWA). In connection with the screening, the director and the two main actresses of the film will take part in this seminar to talk about the making of a film that expresses the hardship of these women. There will be a Q&A session for the audience to ask questions after the opinions offered from the panel.

The speakers will discuss the issue revolved around so-called “comfort women” including the conscious problem in the writing of history and the unresolved issues related to the “comfort women” at present. During the talk, parts of ‘Spirits’ Homecoming’ will be shown, however, the full film will be shown for the first time in Europe the day before the seminar takes place.

Moderator: Chanel Kong (LA Asia Film Festival Programmer)


  • Dr Hyunseon Lee (SOAS)
  • Jung-lae Cho (Director) 
  • Sook Son (Actress)
  • Hana Kang (Actress) 

About Spirits Homecoming

In 1943, the 14-year-old innocent ‘Jung-min’ (Kang Hana) had no clue when she was dragged by the Japanese soldiers away from her family. 'Jung-min' is thrown into a train, along with many more children including ‘Young-hee’ (Seo Miji), and heads to a clueless place. During the Second World War, ‘Jung-min’ and other children are thrown out in the cold battlefield. Japanese soldiers were waiting for them where they only received terrible agony and pain.

Spirits’ Homecoming is a crowd-sourced South Korean film directed by Cho Jung-Lae about ‘Comfort Women’ during the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1943. This is a film that 75,200 people donated to in order to be made; they also petitioned for increased circulation at cinemas in South Korea.

Organiser: Centre of Korean Studies

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